Accused shoplifters had hit multiple stores
Four people detained for shoplifting from Walmart on Saturday allegedly stole from two other stores earlier in the day, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Denise Terrell Carter, 36, of Shiloh Heights Road in Aiken, was charged with shoplifting third offense, trespassing after notice and two counts of possession of stolen goods.
Jerry Lewis Carter Jr., 24, of Oakwood Drive in Graniteville, was charged with shoplifting and two counts of possession of stolen goods. He and Denise Carter remained in the Aiken County detention center on Monday night.
Kimberly Nicole Butler, 27, of Cooks Bridge Road in Aiken and Ashley Winfield, 19, of Grove Park Court in Montmorenci, were each charged with shoplifting and two counts of possession of stolen goods.
According to the report, a loss prevention officer at Walmart on Whiskey Road reported that shoplifters were leaving the store in a white BMW, which officers pulled over behind Arby’s. Inside the car, officers saw plastic Walmart bags filled with merchandise.
The loss prevention employee told officers she saw the suspects enter the store, pull plastic Walmart bags from their purses and stuff clothing into them, according to the report. Two of the suspects reportedly acted as lookouts.
The suspects fled the scene after the employee saw them and called police, according to the report.
Officers later found out that some of the clothing had been stolen from Aeropostale and Target, according to the report. Butler told officers “they did not know they were going to shoplift ahead of time but they were there when D. Carter took the items.”
The manager of Aeropostale told officers the suspects set off the alarm as they were leaving the store, but that Denise Carter held up her phone and said, “It was my phone.” The manager said she wasn’t able to follow up on the suspects because the store was full of customers at the time.
About $180 in merchandise had been taken from Aeropostale, and $200 was taken from Target, according to the report.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.